Ask the Expert: How Can I Stop My Hair Getting Tangled?
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This month Luke Hersheson, creative director at Hershesons, is tackling the question of tangles and how on earth to prevent them. Keep scrolling for his answer to this hair-mare.
If you’re suffering from chronic hair tangling, you’re probably not using enough conditioner. All the language out there on product packaging is quite confusing, but you want to look for a mask-like consistency. The purpose of a conditioner is to put moisture back into the hair, and if your hair gets really tangled then it’s most likely in need of more moisture.
(Ed Note: Try John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner Mask,£7).
John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner Mask (£7)
Double up with a leave-in conditioner—any good leave-in product should detangle it. Also, try switching your towel for an old cotton T-shirt and use this to blot your hair, it’s less harsh than a traditional towel.
(Ed Note: We love Kérastase Nectar Thermique Leave-in Treatment, £19)
Kérastase Nectar Thermique Leave-in Treatment (£19)
When it comes to physically detangling your hair, use a brush with bobbles on the end of the pins to detangle, like the Hersheson’s Nylon Pin Brush (£24); the soft, rounded ends are more gentle. The key when detangling the hair is to start by brushing the ends, and then work your way from the mid-lengths down and then the roots down—essentially you’re clearing the way, because if you start by brushing from the roots down, you’re likely to end up in a tangled mess.
Hershesons Nylon Pin Brush (£24)
Annoyingly, wearing big jumpers and scarves can cause that tangling to occur at the nape of the neck, so be aware. If you’re wearing something like that, perhaps try a low-key updo like these ones below…
A photo posted by @hershesons on
Coloured hair often suffers the most with tangling. Colour treatments sap moisture from the hair; it’s why dyed hair often feels coarser than natural virgin hair. In the salon, when you’re having your colour, ask for an Olaplex treatment—nothing else rivals it at putting that virgin feeling back into the hair. When your hair is coloured, bonds within the cuticle of the hair are broken that can leave hair weak and fragile. Olaplex essentially goes in and restores these bonds as the colour is processing. It restores the condition back to how it was before it was coloured; it’s so effective that if you’re going blonde it helps you go much lighter without the damage. Nothing else comes close to it.
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